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The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB

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In The New Nobility, two courageous Russian investigative journalists open up the closed and murky world of the Russian Federal Security Service. While Vladimir Putin has been president and prime minister of Russia, the Kremlin has deployed the security services to intimidate the political opposition, reassert the power of the state, and carry out assassinations overseas....more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published September 14th 2010 by PublicAffairs
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Frank Kelly
Communism's collapse caused the KGB to undergo a massive and wretching restructuring (not a bad thing from where we sit in the West). But it has undergone a fascinating resurgence under the leadership of Vladimr Putin. Not all of it has gone well -- in fact, there have been breathtaking disasters as the authors detail in chapters covering the Chechin seiges of the schoolhouse in Beslin and the theater in Moscow (both of which ended with a staggering loss of life). Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borog...more
Ivan Kapersky
Every country has their secret police or agency with the sole duty of protecting and guaranteeing the state affairs. In the book The Nobility: The Restoration of Russia’s Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB by Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, both are Russian journalist that investigate in detail the transformation of the KGB into what is known today as the FSB or the Federal Security Service.

In the book, both authors narrated in detail how the KGB was transformed into the FSB. A...more
exclusive selection of materials about Russian security services, numerous interesting topics covered.
But the interpretation is too negative I belive
Ivo Crnkovic-Rubsamen
The new nobility was a disheartening display of poor writing's ability to make even the most interesting topics unpalatable. The book's central thesis, available on it's front cover, is stunningly simple and sets the book up for an uneventful ride through mediocrity. Despite the simple thesis and a good base of research, the structure of the book is mystifying, seemingly a string of anecdotes or trains of thought with no rhyme or reason to their order or interactions. I suspect the book was larg...more
Joe Wisniewski
Jul 25, 2011 Joe Wisniewski is currently reading it
20% in and I am not impressed. Book should have been edited by a native English speaker (it clearly wasn't). So far, I am even quite sure what the message is. It seems very disjointed with what appear to be attempts at first-hand episodes and events meant to illustrate the erosion of the constitutionally mandated privacy rights. Well, there is no news there. The events portrayed end up being mostly second hand references without seeming to contribute to a pattern or a story that is meant to be t...more
Massimo Monteverdi
I nostalgici del KGB possono oggi consolarsi con l'FSB, il nuovo servizio segreto unificato comandato da se stesso, potere politico e poliziesco incarnato in una capillare struttura che tutto controlla ma che, quando fallisce, produce tragedie (da Dubrovka a Beslan). Il testo, tuttavia, asettico e privo di nerbo, sconta un imperdonabile difetto: lo scarsissimo spazio dedicato ad Anna Politkovskaya.
однобокая книга, предназначенная только для того, чтобы рассказать внешнему (западному) читателю об ужасах фсб. тон обличительный, новых фактов удалось узнать мало. много передергиваний и безосновательных выводов. авторы пишут о существовании метро-2 как о факте, хотя своими глазами ни разу его не видели.
The authors do a very good job of covering the past 12 years or so of the development and operations of the Russian security services. The replacement of the Party by a security elite is probably not going to work any more effectively or efficiently for the Russian state.
I just didn't like the way the subject matter seemed to be somewhat disorganized, and there were so many names of people, making it impossible to follow. I had anticipated a much more interesting, readable book, and so I was greatly disappointed.
James Folan
Very important book. Required reading for anyone interested in Russia today.
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